Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros 6/28/23

Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros 6/28/23
Wed 28th June 2023

Hot-hitting Jordan Walker will be looking to extend his 16-game hitting streak as the St. Louis Cardinals (+165) host the Houston Astros (-195) at Busch Stadium on Wednesday. The early total has been set at 9 runs (O: -105 | U: -115).

The Cardinals (33-45) took Tuesday’s series opener 4-2. Starter Jordan Montgomery got the win, giving up two runs (1 ER) on six hits over 6.2 innings, and Jordan Hicks earned his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.

Nolan Arenado went 2 for 3 with a double, one run, and one RBI in the win. Martin Maldonado was 1 for 2 with a solo home run for the Astros (42-37).

ON THE MOUND

Cristian Javier (7-1, 3.25 ERA) is set to get the start for Houston. The right-hander allowed four runs over 2.1 innings in his last start, a 10-8 road win over the Mets on June 21. He gave up four hits while striking out one and walking five in the no-decision.

Right-hander Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.23 ERA) is on the mound for St. Louis. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Astros. In his last start on June 21, Mikolas took the loss on the road against the Nationals. He threw seven innings and gave up two runs on eight hits, striking out three and walking one in the 3-0 defeat.

AT THE PLATE

Over the last five games, Houston has averaged 5.4 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 4.5. Against righties like Mikolas this season, the ‘Stros have a .707 OPS. Alex Bregman is the team’s strongest performer against right-handers with a .795 OPS in 226 at-bats.

St. Louis is averaging only 4.2 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.6 for the season. The Cards have a .751 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .898 OPS over 222 at-bats, Paul Goldschmidt has been their best hitter against right-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Houston is 20-18 away from home in 2023, scoring 4.6 runs per game while allowing 3.8 runs. St. Louis has gone 15-22 at Busch Stadium this season, averaging 5.2 runs per game while surrendering 5.3. In the last 10 meetings at Busch Stadium, St. Louis is 6-4 despite an average scoreline favoring Houston (4.1-4.0).

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Astros are third in the AL West, six games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Cardinals are fifth in the NL Central, eight games behind the Reds.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

Houston Astros (+100)

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